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post #25156 of 26120
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Originally Posted by California Dreamer View Post

It appears that LVMH is stomping on all the decant sites and stopping them from selling Guerlain, so look for more bargains in that space.

STC is offering Jicky at a mere $30 for 1 ml at that sale price. Add in shipping, and I'm afraid I can't kid myself that that's a bargain. I paid $40 for a two-thirds full bottle of 100 year old Jicky, in box.

Any more details on how they'd stop it? After all anybody can buy a bottle of Guerlain, decant then sell it - if not in the US then somewhere more pliable.

 

It would be interesting if they extended that to the grey market. It's where you dump the product after you failed to guess the right quantity for the launch. It allows you plausible deniability: no, you're not selling your $400 bottles for $40, it's these scum grey market sites who swooped to buy the stock "unethically" (but then who sold it to them in the first place?). Nevertheless you don't take (as much of) a loss on the 400,000 units you accidentally overproduced (today, perfumes are produced in a single run and never again). This is relatively important as the brands are not themselves holding the IP for their own perfumes, rather IFF/Givaudan/etc. is and selling them the juice at a fairly consequent markup from production cost. I always thought this dynamic prevented the brands from going hard on grey market sites and the discount retailers in the seedier parts of town.

 

As for $40 for an old bottle, you got a bargain, but most people won't. Samples are always expensive compared to the manufacturer - even AbdesSalaam samples are about the same on STC/TPC for 2ml as they are for 5.5ml on profumo.it. I personally see value in being able to try something, now the advantage is that there's a great perfume lovers group in my area so I can now just ask members if they have the FB of the stuff, but if you live somewhere with less options it might well be worth it. Could you really buy another bottle of 100 year old Jicky for $40?

post #25157 of 26120
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Originally Posted by crdb View Post

I recently asked an industry insider and he told me the grey market was generally safe. He bought a fake once from one these sites, most of the time the stuff was genuine, and in the case it was a fake it was the site's buyers who were at fault (i.e. the company itself was not knowingly selling fakes). 

If in doubt bring to an expert for authentication, if fake get written proof and get a refund. If CS is too slow, write a blog/Basenotes post about it showing the written proof and watch it rise to top of search results. This is going to suck big time for the site. 

It's on my distant to-do to add site reviews to Pricentile, including authentication check by an expert, because I keep wondering the same thing. 
Good to know and good advice. I have bought from the site before and what I received was legit. But I was particularly suspicious this time when I could get a 100ml bottle of Amouage shipped to Australia for USD$120
post #25158 of 26120
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Originally Posted by sebastian mcfox View Post


Good to know and good advice. I have bought from the site before and what I received was legit. But I was particularly suspicious this time when I could get a 100ml bottle of Amouage shipped to Australia for USD$120

Could be a pricing error, or a categorisation error (wrong size input on their warehouse management system). I've hit some of these before as a test of the sites in question and usually customer service sends you a message saying "hey sorry our algorithm screwed up and we can't honour your order". Can you share the link?

 

If you want it, might as well buy if they give you free shipping on returns.

post #25159 of 26120
My SOTE is Cumming. It's a very peaty and piney scent that I enjoy quite a bit. It sits quite close to the skin, though; I'd definitely prefer better projection.
post #25160 of 26120
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Originally Posted by crdb View Post

Could be a pricing error, or a categorisation error (wrong size input on their warehouse management system). I've hit some of these before as a test of the sites in question and usually customer service sends you a message saying "hey sorry our algorithm screwed up and we can't honour your order". Can you share the link?

If you want it, might as well buy if they give you free shipping on returns.
It was 50% off already and the site allowed me to apply the standard 20% coupon you receive when you visit the site:

http://www.fragrancenet.com/cologne/amouage/amouage-fate-man/eau-de-parfum#251292

Strange - price seems to have increased since my purchase
post #25161 of 26120
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Originally Posted by Baron View Post

Eau d'Hermes too! I think Declaration is the equal of those scents. Bigarade goes a bit too far in Elena's modern "transparent" style.

Cab driver eats an orange! wink.gif (the best descrip I've read of Bigarade). I still think his work at TDC is some of his best. Bois d'iris is really superlative, and though much more "quiet," Osmanthus as well.

DZING! for me today.
post #25162 of 26120
I have Christobal Pour Homme on today. We are inching our way towards spring, so i guess it's tie to get as many of these winter warmers in, before I have to pack them away agein.
post #25163 of 26120
Anyone interested in a 30ml spray of Cedrat Boise? I ordered it for a dumbass coworker and when she got it she decided she didn't want it. PM me if interested. $40 ($38 + $2 shipping)


Edited by Tck13 - 8/21/16 at 8:10pm
post #25164 of 26120
Today I am wearing Papillon Anubis - I really, really like this fragrance. It's dry, dark, leathery, tobacco-y, dark, and quite bitter. It doesn't evolve a whole lot, which is not a problem because it is so textured from the beginning.
post #25165 of 26120
Can't get Anubis here at all. I only have a tiny sample, which I'm reluctant to use up.

This is my SOTD. An ELDO stockist on another site pointed out that this bottle is quite old. Does anybody know when this flat bottle design dates from?

post #25166 of 26120
I had a bunch of those bottles from ELDO. My understanding was that they were the original 100ml tester/display bottles and last I saw them was about 4-5 years ago I'd say. I recall at the time that the retail bottles were the same as current, meaning square glass with sticker and matte finish top and white box etc but those were the 100ml's they used for testers and the tops came unscrewed (refillable). I don't think they were ever sold like that.
post #25167 of 26120
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post

Anyone interested in a 30ml spray of Cedrat Boise? I ordered it for a dumbass coworker and when she got it she decided she didn't want it. PM me if interested. $40 ($38 + $2 shipping)

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I'm so out of the loop these days I have no idea what's the difference between Mancera and Montale. Did Pierre sell out? Change his name? Or is it an entirely different company? Has no bearing on this juice... which is a great deal. Just curious.

SOTD is DIORLING today. Leather chypre... imagine Knize ten blended seamlessly with Chanel no. 5.
post #25168 of 26120
Yesterday: Opening day of the semester honors went to Une Fleur de Cassie.
Today: TF Noir de Noir. I've been out of this for a while and just recently acquried some more. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy it.
post #25169 of 26120
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Originally Posted by rach2jlc View Post

SOTD is DIORLING today. Leather chypre... imagine Knize ten blended seamlessly with Chanel no. 5.

Interesting. Is it in any way similar to Bandit?
post #25170 of 26120
Testing through my collection. Today it was Sycomore and yep, it's still fantastic stuff. This bottle is staying for sure.

Damn L'Inc, I've basically closed out this TF decant shop and only have a few random ones left, including NdN and sooo want to move the last of these bottles out so the deals can be solid... if you guys want Noir de Noir or Neroli please let me know!
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